Seward - Temperate Rain Forest

Some folks don't know this about Seward but we are in a temperate rain forest.

What that means is that the annual Temperature is between 39 and 54. That's not to say that we don't get awesome sunny warm days, because we do. Just not as many as other places.

It also means we get lots of rain and have lots of trees (hence the name "rain forest". The combination is why Seward and Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. 

So why am I telling you all of this? Because we want you to have the best time of your life while your visiting. To have the best time of your life you need to be comfortable. To be comfortable you need to dress for the weather. So here are some tips.

Layers of clothing. It probably won't be very warm but it definitely can be cold. Prepare and you'll be happy you did. Fleece, windbreakers, sweat shirts... I got an awesome Alaska sweatshirt at Megan's Place down on Fourth St.
Personal tip: Smart wool socks!

Waterproof gear is the best. A good rubberized coat and rain pants can be your best friend. I bought a great set at Helly Hansen last season.

Good hiking boots or shoes that you don't mind getting muddy and have good traction for standing on the boats. Note: from my own personal experience buy your shoe/boots a head of time and wear them frequently before your trip  to make sure you like them and they fit well. There is nothing worse then breaking in a pair of boots on the trail or a hard day of shopping and ending up with a blister.

When you are out on the water its going to be breezy so you will want a windbreaker or your rubberized rain coat will work as well, a hat and (if you are like me and chill easily) a light pair of gloves. Maybe a pair of fingerless ones so you can still work the camera, eat and drink. 

There's a Helly Hansen store, Fish House, Brown and Hawkins and other places to buy gear in town should you need it.

Once you are dressed properly you can relax and have the time of your life! 

Have you been to Alaska? What tips do you have to share? Tell us.